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Homemade Candy Hardcover – June 1, 1970
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i first found this book in a Public Library, years ago.
Tho' out-of-print, it is, still, fairly easy to find and not costly.
Straight forward approach and root information, one can really learn from start-to-finish with this book.
Occasionally i purchase more copies to give away!
Once you begin making your own candy you may not ever want an over-the-counter candy again (you will be spoiled and would probably find yourself in high-end retail shops looking for your candy fix).
Do try the marshmallow and brittle recipes for sure!
The copyright is 1970, but the recipes themselves date back several decades before this. It came from an era when all women were housewives, and they were all expected to know how to make candy. The recipes are a listing of ingredients and some bare-bones instructions; the housewife was expected to know how to fill in the details. Some recipes are barely half a dozen brief, declamatory sentences. The casual cook these days will likely not have this knowledge.
On the other hand, it is a valuable collection of heirloom candy and confectionary recipes. Those who know their way around the candy kitchen or who have some professional training or experience should have very little trouble with most of the recipes; the ones I tried worked perfectly and the other recipes seem to be equally reliable (having Friberg and Gisslen to refer to was a big help). A tremendous variety of candy from a bygone era can be made from this cookbook. There are more than enough quality recipes to fill a candy store or start a business. Be careful, as not all of the recipes produce high quality candy (for example, the chapters on popcorn balls and cereal squares were pretty awful). It includes fudge, creams, nougat, dipped chocolates, fondant, candy bars, brittles, toffee, bark, pralines, fruit jellies, caramel, hard candies, sugared nuts, fruit rolls, etc.
All in all, this book is an essential part of the candy making bookshelf. It shows how candy used to be made in the home kitchen, the likes of which we shall not see again.